Keiser University recently raised another $50,000 to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in a joint effort between staff, students, and its 17 campuses in Florida. This is the ninth year Keiser has hosted the fundraising event for the foundation.
The 2015 campaign embraced a “Terminator”-inspired movie theme to stimulate the university’s communities to raise funds in hopes of terminating cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and difficulties in breathing.
Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit institution with 20,000-plus students, offering 100 degrees on several Florida campuses, online and internationally, with a staff of more than 3,500 employees. With a commitment to support research on new treatment pathways for CF, the university’s effort was partnered with an event led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the honorary chairman of the annual Jeb Bush Florida Classic, which has raised more than $8 million for CF research and care since the first event 20 years ago.
For nearly 10 years, Keiser has helped the CF Foundation with creative fundraising and awareness-raising campaigns. This year’s Terminator theme included penny wars, raffles, dress-down on CF days, bake sales, and silent auctions with themed gift baskets.
At the gala at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Westin, Keiser University Vice Chancellor Belinda Keiser praised Bush for his years as governor, but primarily as a father who had made a promise to another father who had lost his daughter to CF.
“We are beyond grateful for everything Dr. and Mrs. Keiser and everyone at Keiser University have done to support our efforts for nearly a decade,” said Christina Landshut, the executive director of the CF Foundation’s South Florida Office, in a news release. “We would not be nearly as successful without the ongoing commitment of Keiser University’s faculty, staff, and students. They truly are making a difference for everyone with CF.”
CF Foundation has more than 250,000 Americans who volunteer to advance critical research through fundraising and awareness-raising efforts across the U.S.
“I am deeply honored that our students, faculty, and administration, year over year, mobilize in pursuit of a cure for cystic fibrosis,” Keiser said is a news release. “Their community commitment, which is a critical component of our educational mission, has helped raise $380,000 throughout our service to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Collectively we look forward to the day we can celebrate that the letters CF stand for “Cure Found.”